Birmingham City University teams up with Innovation Birmingham to deliver an Open Innovation Lab for low carbon start-ups

The Climate-KIC Low Carbon Accelerator programme, which is delivered by Innovation Birmingham, has been boosted with the addition of the Open Innovation Lab; a collaboration with Birmingham City University.

On 23rd September, the 15 start-ups on the Low Carbon Accelerator took part in the first stage of the Open Innovation Lab, which saw academics and representatives from established businesses work to bring extra challenge and value to the start-ups. The event also featured a keynote presentation from a built environment innovator and TED Fellow: Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University.

Innovation Birmingham and Birmingham City University herd from representatives from businesses across the region who worked with low carbon start-ups taking part in the event. Expertise of attendees included product design, web design and the built environment.

Alexa Torlo, Cross Innovation Broker at Birmingham City University and Co-ordinator of the Open Innovation Lab, explained how the event on 23rd September set the right tone for the rest of the week-long Lab. “Rachel Armstrong has vast experience in design-led innovation, and her way of approaching challenges inspired the start-ups and their collaborators to enter the experience in the spirit of openness, partnership and exploration. It was be a real privilege to benefit from her insight.”

Catherine Shelley, Innovation Birmingham’s Climate-KIC Project Manager for Entrepreneurship said: “This is the first year that we have introduced the Open Innovation Lab to the Low Carbon Accelerator programme. By working alongside Birmingham City University, this new initiative brought extra challenge and value to the start-ups that we support and champion.

“This event enabled representatives from established businesses to strike up relationships with low carbon entrepreneurs who are in the process of launching highly innovative new products and services to the market. Climate-KIC as a whole is committed to breaking down siloes between sectors and disciplines, and we look forward to seeing this bear fruit in the regional economy.”

Those interested in participating in the event are requested to visit openinnovationlab.tumblr.com for further details.

The Low Carbon Accelerator is a Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (Climate KIC) project, which Innovation Birmingham is a delivery partner for. Climate KIC is the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, and was one of the first Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2010. The EIT is the European Union body tasked with creating sustainable European growth and jobs while dealing with the global challenges of our time.

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